The Little PrincePoem of Love, length 40 min

The Little Prince, foto Jaka Varmuž
The masterpiece, signed by the French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, was adapted for stage by Jera Ivanc, whereas the final text for this particular production was conceived by Yulia Roschina and Staša Prah. The invisible essence of the story of life and death, growing up, taking responsibility and searching for meaning were discovered by the creators of the show, led by director Yulia Roschina, through apparent antagonisms – between loyal and authorial reading, between book and theatre, between direction and word, between silence and music, between actor and image, between man and nature, between oneself and another, between man and his own self.
This new interpretation of the story of the Little Prince is based on the life of Exupéry's wife and her memories (Consuelo de Saint – Exupéry: The Tale of the Rose, the Love Story behind the Little Prince). From the vast desert and a myriad of planets it moves into an intimate relationship between a man and a woman, who become closer to each other and their own selves through the scenes with the Rose, the Snake and the Fox, through which the main hero grows up and opens his heart as well. They desperately yearn for closeness, for the moment when they can finally be with one another and sacrifice everything in order to be able to grow old together. Thus the Little Prince becomes only a metaphor for their journey that shells out before the audience – as if a scene from a film noir - as a song of love.

After fleeing to New York in 1943, as a result of French capitulation, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900–1944), an eternal traveller and French nobleman without property, as well as an award-winning writer and one of the pioneers of French aviation, wrote The Little Prince, a novel for children and a fairy tale for adults about a pilot who crashes in the desert, where he meets a fair-haired boy. Immediately after the publication of his book, Saint-Exupéry joined the French Resistance Movement Air Forces in North Africa, where he disappeared during a reconnaissance flight over the Mediterranean, in July 1944. The remains of his plane were found only half a century later near the Provencal coast.

Today, a tiny booklet, adorned with the author's illustrations, is one of the most- translated and best-selling works of the world literature. This confrontation both with the past and the other self is written as a fairy tale autobiography, in which the author, the pilot and the child skilfully evade the simplified fusion of identities, the same way as the simplified, rational reading is evaded by the essence of the story itself. A comparison with the twice as long manuscript suggests that it was the author's intention as well; after all he was satisfied with his formulation of one of the key thoughts of the novel that»it is only with the heart that one can see rightly, since what is essential is invisible to the eye« only after its fifteenth correction.

Yulia Roschina was born in 1982 in Moscow and moved to Slovenia when she was eight years old. She graduated from the Theatre and Radio Direction at the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television in Ljubljana. Outstanding among her numerous directions in Slovenian theatres, including both Slovenian Opera Theatres, is the theatre performance Madame Bovary(SNT Nova Gorica, April 2015), for which she received Borštnik Award for Best Direction. She has already worked for the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre as well, where she directed its performances of Bezgova pravljica (Elder's Tale) (2013), Sva (We Are) (2014, as part of the BiTeater project) and Peter Pan (2017).

PREMIERE JANUARY 17th 2019, ODER POD ZVEZDAMI LGL/STAGE UNDER THE STARS LGLCoproductions by Gradsko kazalište lutaka Reka
Lutkovno gledališče Ljubljana in Gradsko kazalište lutaka Rijeka
Author: Jera Ivanc, following Antoin de Saint-Exupéry motifs
Director: Yulia Roschina
Set and Costume designer: Vasilija Fišer
Dramaturge: Staša Prah
Cast: Zala Ana Štiglic (LGL) and Tilen Kožamelj (Gradsko kazalište lutaka Rijeka)
Music, Sound Effects and Video: Mateja Starič
Choreographer: Magdalena Reiter
Proofread by: Metka Damjan
Lighting design and Photos: Jaka Varmuž
Text translation into Croatian: Magdalena Lupi Alvir
Stage speech advisor (Croatian language): Damir Orlić
Stage manager and Sound designer: Luka Bernetič / Damir Ševčer, Srđan Badurina
Lights: Niko Štabuc / Sanjin Seršić
Set technicians: Darko Nedeljković / Mirko Križan, Mihajlo Uzelac
Sound and lights: Željko Drakulić
Set and Costumes made by: Vladson, Irena Tomažin, Tanja Lakovnik
Dresser and Make-up artist: Daša Jordanovski, Nina Jordanovski
Producer: Ana Rokvić Pinterič